May 29, 2024
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Irfan Pathan Questions Hardik Pandya’s Place in India’s T20 World Cup Squad

Amidst ongoing debates over team selection, former India pacer Irfan Pathan has raised concerns about Hardik Pandya’s role in the Indian cricket team for the upcoming T20 World Cup in June. Speaking on Star Sports’ Press Room Show, Pathan suggested that Indian cricket should reconsider the all-rounder’s prioritization given his lackluster performances in the IPL 2024 and limited impact at the international level.

Pathan’s critique comes in the wake of Mumbai Indians’ struggling season under Pandya’s captaincy, where they currently stand eighth in the IPL points table. Despite his potential, Pandya has been unable to deliver significant performances, a point of contention for former players and fans alike. Pathan emphasized the need for consistent play from Pandya, stating, “Indian cricket needs to stop giving preferences to individuals, if you do that, you will not be winning major tournaments.”

The conversation around Pandya’s selection intensifies as the T20 World Cup approaches, with the team needing robust finishers and reliable seam bowlers. Pathan expressed concerns over India’s finishing capabilities and fast bowling options, pointing out the underwhelming strike rates and performances of potential squad members. The discussion highlights a critical period for Indian cricket as it aims to optimize its squad composition ahead of the world tournament.

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